Secretary Rex Tillerson Delivers Update on Qatar – 1:30pm Livestream….

UPDATE:  Absolutely brilliant strategic approach taken by President Trump and Secretary of State Tillerson; essentially supporting the GCC against Qatar via a mediation role that resembles Bad Cop/Good Cop.   Those closely following the deep-weeds diplomacy will note the predictability of exactly this approach.

This is not the first time this issue has surfaced.  Qatar is a financier of terrorism and extremist Islamic sentiment via their support for the Muslim Brotherhood.  In 2014 the Arab nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), confronted Qatar and pulled their diplomats to force Qatar to expell the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood….

Against President Trump renewed call to “drive out” the extremists and confront terrorism, the GCC is once again calling out Qatar.  President Trump is the big stick  enforcer expressing understanding for the GCC approach; Secretary Tillerson is the diplomat trying to change the behavior of Qatar with carrots.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be discussing the regional partnership issues with Qatar and their Arab coalition members.  State Department LINK

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104 Responses to Secretary Rex Tillerson Delivers Update on Qatar – 1:30pm Livestream….

  1. Bull Durham says:

    US Airbase is at risk.

    Humanitarian impact is enormous. Russia, Turkey and Iran are sending food to Qatar.

    US wants the pressure released.

    Liked by 1 person

    • IMO, ALL of our troops should be pulled OUT of that base!!!

      Liked by 5 people

    • Good! If the “humanitarian impact” is enormous enough, they will change their behavior!!!

      Liked by 2 people

    • Joan says:

      We do not have an airbase in Qatar. We do have US military on a Qatar base.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Bull Durham says:

        Airport type Military
        Owner Qatar Air Force
        Operator United States Air Force / Royal Air Force / Qatari Air Force
        Location Doha, Qatar

        Operationally, it is the biggest airbase for US AF. It is the key airbase for CENTCOM.
        It may be technically Qatar’s property, but we “own it lease-free and operate” both runways and all facilities 24/7.

        Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar
        25°06’57″N 51°18’55″E
        As of 2015, some 10,000 US troops were stationed at the Al Udeid Air Base, the largest US base in the Middle East. The U.S.-Qatar military relationship is extremely important. Qatar provides the U.S. military exceptional access to two major Qatari military installations, Al Udaid Air Base and Camp As-Saliyeh – perhaps CENTCOM’s most important operating installations outside of Iraq. Qatar charges no rent.

        Liked by 3 people

    • scottmc37 says:

      Send the food to Yemen where it really is needed, people are starving to death there..

      Liked by 1 person

    • Perhaps the American presence on Qatar is the only thing protecting them from meeting their maker for igniting terror across the Mideast and around the planet.

      Maybe President Trump must use the American presence to END their funding for terrorism.

      If they continue, maybe the Mideast Alliance TAKES the GAS.

      Problem SOLVED.


      • EternalVigilanc3 says:

        Thank you. Your comment has helped me figure out a few things about Qatar. In college had a classmate who was in on the G.I. Bill, he was stationed in Qatar and could not figure why. Asked our International Relations Prof about it. He couldn’t answer. The Prof then had a twenty minute conversation with him about his deployment. It was some interesting and crazy stuff the student told us about.

        p.s. the commenter above referring to slavery in Qatar is correct, my fellow classmate confirmed the slavery over there.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Oh, give me a f’ing break! Don’t go all weasily on us now, T-Rex!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. georgiafl says:

    Qatar should have considered the consequences and the morality of sponsoring and hosting terrorists.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. sundance says:

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    • fleporeblog says:

      What an incredible game of Good Cop (TREX) versus Bad Cop (Our Lion)! President al-Sisi and King Salman will go along with the plan because at the end of the day, they will get what they want and probably even more.

      Qatar will expeditiously remove any folks belonging to the MB and will cut all financing to terrorist organizations like Hamas. They have been provided a glimpse of what life would be like if the GCC members were to move forward again. Plus the fact that the World Cup will be taking place in their country in 2022 is a major reason to clean up their act and do so immediately. Many FIFA representatives lost their job because of the kick backs they got for giving Qatar the World Cup.

      I watch a lot of soccer and know for a fact that if FIFA has to pull out of Qatar, they will ask the US to host the games in 2022. The last time the World Cup was played in the US was 1998. It was a major success. Our country has the stadiums and hotels needed without having to build. Would not shock me if this is also discussed behind closed doors!

      Liked by 6 people

    • duchess01 says:

      I love this guy – so smart and savvy – remind you of anyone?


  5. fleporeblog says:

    Nancy Pelosi is certainly NOW going to open up the investigation based on TREX going out to Saudi Arabia again!

    She and the Democrat Party are OFFICIALLY DEAD!

    From the article linked above:

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Friday she finds it “strange” that President Trump decided to make Saudi Arabia his first foreign trip, adding that she was looking into it.

    “I just think it was a very strange choice to go there,” Mrs. Pelosi, California Democrat, said on MSNBC. “Especially in light of having served on the committee that investigated 9/11, and knowing the suspicions that exist in our country, and among his people.”

    Liked by 2 people

  6. mark4trump says:

    Trump & Tillerson have stated repeatedly that their goal is not regime change. Pressure, pressure, pressure on Qatar to do the right thing but they do not want to be in the business of overthrowing governments — Hallelujah!

    Liked by 10 people

  7. Joan says:

    No coverage on this for Tillerson on MSM. I come to the Treehouse if I really want to find out about something.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Phil aka Felipe says:

      They want to keep the American people blind to what’s really going on in the ME & other hot spots. Heck, I guess the want to keep us blind to the truth, period.


  8. Watcher says:

    The Saudis were PO when the father of the current Emir overthrew his father in a coup in 1986.
    I was working in al hasa oasis at the time and seen how quickly tribes can turn on one another and be friends just as quickly.
    Both countries went from mud huts and tents to freeways and skyscrapers in less than 25 years.
    The Qatari have been to cozy with the wrong people, our CIA and past US administrations have encouraged them.
    This latest dispute is because they have been cozying up to the Iranians and alJazeera.
    It’s the Sunni Shiite thing. Since 1979 exacerbated.

    Liked by 2 people

    • kyasgrandma says:

      You are correct.


    • napoleon32 says:

      I think you’re thinking of the previous Emir. The current Emir has only been on the throne since 2013 when his father abdicated. And he did everything in his power to prop up the MB even after they were driven from power in Cairo, which infuriated al-Sisi. He and Barry were pals and he is up to his neck in the mess that was the Obama administration’s ME policy. He and the rest of the al-Thani family have also been financially supporting Hamas and providing safe harbor for them when they cause so much trouble that Jordan tells them to cut it out or risk arrest leading to execution. Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia now want their pound of flesh.

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  9. sundance says:

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  10. KBR says:

    You might see coverage on the media about how the Qatar airbase is the best we have in the Middle East. I surely hope THAT is not true.

    Report from February

    US military faces toxic enemy on Qatar air base | Fox News


  11. Kaco says:

    Turkey is deploying troops to Qatar. It seems it’s a conflict with Muslim Brotherhood.

    Arab powers draw up Qatari blacklist; Turkey to send troops as Gulf crisis deepens

    Somebody posted this article here the other day, paints a grim picture.

    Turkey Is Sending A Massive Military Force (10,000 Troops) Near The U.S. Military Base In Qatar Forming An Ottoman Muslim League In Fulfillment Of Bible Prophecy. Saudi Arabia Is Toast


    • KBR says:

      I hope you know that the Shoebat site if full of commenters that are antiCTH. Yes that is right.
      Apparently Cruzers that still think he is perfection personified.


      • Kaco says:

        I don’t know, as I stated, someone posted it the other day. I brought it back to see if someone else might have more insight with what is going on with Turkey and the ME. I found the Reuters article myself, though, in trying to find out more info.


      • Phil aka Felipe says:

        My advice is always, sift the wheat from the chaff. There is error mixed with truth just about any place you look.


      • KBR says:

        Some of the commenters tell blatant lies, and are not called out on them.

        One commenter below that very article you link says Trump tweeted that he would keep the airforce in Qatar if Qatar would rat out the MB. There is no such tweet on either of DJT’s twitter accounts.

        Another commenter says CTH worships at the altar of Trump.

        The pro Cruz is thick in the comments.

        I used to read Shoebat commentary sometimes. But I do no worship at the altar of Shoebat nor do I see him as a “great prophet.”

        Nowadays I simply don’t read there at all. The community is not ashamed to lie, and none seem to care. Perhaps it is just infested with trolls and has no desire to clear them out. Like a church that becomes infested with demons and has no desire to drive them out?


  12. Phil aka Felipe says:

    ‘Secret Documents Reveal A Grand Conspiracy Behind Qatar And Turkey For A Muslim Brotherhood Takeover’


  13. Kaco says:

    I’d like to know what is going on with North Korea and China doing anything. It seems it is weakening, I read here the other day that South Korea has refused our missile defense shield per the direction of China. I don’t know if China is mad over the Paris Accord, because they would have reaped the profits because of our strangulated economy if we would have stayed in it. If anyone has any further info or clarification, I would appreciate it.


    • Phil aka Felipe says:

      Just a guess. New leader of S. Korea has the leftist utopian mindset that being nice to NK and giving ‘peace a chance, everything will turn out okay if we can just dialogue with their brothers in North Korea.

      Wouldn’t be surprised if Lion Trump tells him,

      “Look we’ve spent billions and billions of $’s protecting S. Korea’s hide. My troops are at risk. If you think I’m going to leave them exposed to that Nut Job Kim, you’re crazy. Either you put those missile defense systems in place or I’m pulling all my troops out of your country and you’re own your own against China and NK. Capisce?”

      Liked by 7 people

      • I see that and raise:

        Following our withdrawal, America will expect PAYMENT IN FULL, for our 65 years of expenses to defend your nation, which will be recovered from fees to be imposed on South Korean corporate exports to America.

        Oh, and good luck convincing Americans after that to “Buy South Korean”, whether made in America or not.

        Liked by 1 person

        • Phil aka Felipe says:

          “And we’re gonna build American plants to make World Class TV’s to put in Trump resorts and Hotels.”. – Donald J. Trump 😉

          Liked by 2 people

      • Wend says:

        Indeed. Trump has the unbeatable hand – in poker they call it THE NUTS!

        Liked by 1 person

    • Kroesus says:

      they already had a PARTIAL Tactical High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) installed before the current President Moon took office….the fully operational package for them would be 6 separate launchers with support radar and facilities wheras they only have 2 launchers atm…..Moon has put the installation of the additional 4 on hold for now


    • dreadnok89 says:

      China is trouble as it is


    • Sylvia Avery says:

      Kaco, I posted a long update on North Korea and China on today’s Presidential Politics thread. I tied to cut and paste here to repost but that didn’t work. I’m going to try posting the link and we’ll see if THAT works.


      • Kaco says:

        Sylvia, thank you for directing me to your post, I’ve been wondering what was going on with this and with Turkey and Qatar. I was talking to my husband last night about it, he was also saying what Dilonsfo said after about moving our military to Japan. My bigger question now would be what is up with China, I think they want total control. The sooner we can stop being their biggest consumer the better. I would imagine we are keeping our bases in SK due to China influence more so than NK. I still remember when Clinton sold off nuclear secrets to China. Look at how China wanted to get a hold of our Boeing. I’m afraid they cannot be trusted. They played nice with Pres Trump but looks like they are up to their old tricks because he thwarted them in gaining more power and control over our economy and might. I have no idea why we were also training their military during the Obama years. And somewhere earlier I had heard they have nuclear subs off our Pacific coast.

        I am glad Pres Trump is working up relations with Eastern Europe. Hopefully we might find a true ally in them in the meantime as they are more nationalistic.

        Liked by 1 person

        • Sylvia Avery says:

          I read a headline but didn’t have time to read the article last night as my eyes were too tired, but it was about China arming and militarizing their islands that they built. There was something, too, in the opening paragraph about a map of the South China Sea and China was claiming ninety percent of it. This just can’t be allowed.

          It scares me and it is stomach churning, but we are on a collision course in that part of the world. I’m grateful we have President Trump on the job.


  14. Diplomacy is finally in capable hands. Thank you Mr. Tillerson.

    Liked by 3 people

  15. RC says:

    Qatar and Yemen (also known by its port city, Aden) were British naval stations to secure routes between Britain, India and the far-East. Once the British withdrew from empire, Saudi Arabia announced an intention to absorb these territories into the kingdom.

    Yemen was then semi-folded into SA with a Quisling-style government — that has now collapsed.

    Qatar, on the other hand, invited the US to occupy the former British base, where we created our military nerve-center in the Middle East. And, Qatar reached out to Iraq, Iran and Turkey, which were happy to puncture the “caliphate” pretensions of SA.

    President Trump’s recent visit to SA seems to have emboldened the kingdom to annex Qatar. SA actually lacks military punch — which is why it bombs schools, hospitals and civilians, but does not invade Yemen — and any invasion of Qatar would require US assistance. However, Turkey and Iran have issued a caution to SA and, indirectly, the US. Meanwhile, Iraq is presently thwarting SA by unleashing Shia militias against unpopular SA jihadi proxies in Syria.

    We may be witnessing a crisis of diplomatic brinkmanship and in urgent need of President Trump’s negotiating skills.


    • I think we need an SD analysis of Shia vs. Sunni Muslims and their clients and sympathizers.

      Having studied the Reformation, it is clear that the two divisions of Mohamedanism are similar in that the two groups have different world views, different degrees of civilization, different colonization experiences (Turkey, Iran, UK and France, for example) which also have left a psychological impact on the peoples of the area. Also, any tribal/familial differences (as in difference between Navajo vs. Apache vs. Sioux.)

      Such an analysis would help us understand current events and predict future moves.. Would help understand Muslim Brotherhood for starters! We don’t want to get TOO far into the weeds – that is the stuff of PhD classes, but still . . .


  16. dbethd says:

    Love the side eye from Tillerson in that photo with Amir of Qatar.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Icestation3 says:

    The accusations of Saudi Arabia funding terrorists is all old cold-war related (Afghanistan – Bin Laden – Al Qaeda – 9/11). None of that has anything to do with the rise of Isis and what is going on in the Middle East now.

    Two radical ideologies arose post cold-war in the Middle East and in the West. They want Assad removed, and they very nearly gained control in Egypt. It’s not Iran or Saudi we should fear. In fact, both of these nations must remain strong financially and militarily to ensure that people like Assad remain in power, and a nation like Egypt never again falls to the ideological aligned maniacs.

    The same people who forced regime change in the Ukraine did the same in Yugoslavia, Iraq, Libya and Egypt. Russia and America must work together. We cannot defeat radical Islam and the neo-progressive threat without these two great nations.



    This is our NATO “ALLY” at work, folks

    Turkey’s Erdogan Calls for Lifting of Qatar Blockade, Approves Troop Deployment


    • Kaco says:

      Yes, this news of Turkey is what I posted before, but from a different website. It’s not looking good here. And I wonder how our other NATO members will respond on which side to pick between SA and Q.


      • I am guessing that the EU members of NATO must be having a mental breakdown. Their cognitive dissonance driven by internal coflict: Choose to support US and avoid the need to learn Russian OR support Qatar/Iran/Russia:/Turkey and watch their civilizations crumble under the pressure of Islamization. Wanna bet which way Merkle or Macron will go?


    • Wend says:

      It so past time to get out of NATO as presently constituted. These big alliances are obsolete and do no good to help improve relations with Russia. As with trade agreements, one-on-one works better.


      • soozword says:

        We could at least give the option to NATO to choose between Turkey OR the U.S in terms of membership. Perhaps they are crazy enough to perhaps choose the former!


  19. Testing – comments seem to be frozen.


  20. Another perspective: The Saker concurs with Sundance’s analysis, although he considers the gambit ham-fisted and ill conceived.

    The Saker is a Russophile, he probably loves Russia more than Vladimir Putin does. He is also a shameless fanboy of Iran and its associated terror groups.


  21. True North says:

    This is a general statement and not directed to any particular person on this thread.

    Brutal truth -We are not all as smart as others. Highly complex , multi -layered , shifting overlapping levels abound when applying conflict resolution to geopolitical matters of national security and economic alliances.
    What appears on the surface is never the entire temperature of the water . Trust in your President’s Privy Counsel and in his Foreign Policy Doctrine.
    Neither will get all elements delivered and implemented free of distractions, power plays , and missteps. To ask for that is as mythical as life is fair or we are all equal.

    When applying leverage and carrots ….seams become stressed and some will pop open . Remember when assessing ,the popping open of some seams( emerging dominance and taking advantage by nations ) was built into the cake and a given.Perhaps ,even by design .


  22. jeans2nd says:

    This involves many more countries than just the GCC. Iran, Yemeni Houthis, Turkey, Africa, and others are creating more probs.
    Putin appears to be taking the position of Our POTUS – diplomacy and negotiations.
    Good Cop-Bad-Cop-Negotiator(s)?

    U.S. military praises Qatar, despite Trump tweet

    Iran Sees Opening in Saudi-Qatar Feud, Offers Food, Airspace to Qatar

    Houthi militia leaders, Iran come to Qatar’s defense after severance of ties

    Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

    At Russia’s initiative, Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of the Arab Republic of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

    At Turkey’s initiative, Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    original source


  23. jeans2nd says:

    Addendum to previous comment stuck in spambucket – should have added this.

    “Late on Friday afternoon, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), Hezbollah and allied Iraqi paramilitary contingents…reached an Iraqi border point…Unopposed by the US Air Force and its vetted Syrian proxies…the SAA is now able to reopen trade between Damascus and Baghdad.”

    Original source

    Believe there are still comms between SecDef and Russia DefMin, iirc.


  24. jeans2nd says:

    Were we aware of Germany’s position on this?

    Foreign Minister Supports Qatar, Bashes Trump

    “Germany’s Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel criticized the treatment of Qatar…likening it to a “Trumpization” of relations…The foreign minister and German vice chancellor warned of a further worsening of the conflict”

    “the nuclear deal with Iran…Berlin counted on talks to resume soon”
    Climate change was also mentioned.
    “Qatari Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani…is set to visit German Chancellor Angela Merkel…in late July”

    “the German…container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd…a few weeks ago completed its merger with United Arab Shipping Company (UASC)…Qatar now is Hapag-Lloyd’s largest shareholder…a Qatari and a Saudi official have a seat on the supervisory board”

    So far, have only seen Sputnik acknowledge the prob is Qatar’s support of MB.
    “Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed Al Thani will arrive in Moscow this week where he will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov”
    “Russian President Vladimir Putin has no plans to meet with the Qatari foreign minister, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday”



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